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Super fund members increasingly going digital to plan their retirement

As a growing number of baby boomers prepare to leave the workforce, funds are enhancing their technology to better inform members about their retirement income options.

Nicholas Way | 10th Jul 2024 | More
AustralianSuper now doing the heavy lifting for retired members

Chief retirement officers are assuming a pivotal role as super funds such as AustralianSuper give greater attention to members’ income needs in the decumulation stage.

Penny Pryor | 3rd Jul 2024 | More
  • Transferring a UK pension to Australia is no walk in the park

    For those moving permanently to Australia from the UK, specialist advice is required to bring their pension with them in the most tax-effective way.

    James Dunn | 19th Jun 2024 | More
    Super funds finally upping the ante on retirement solutions

    For 30 years, it’s all been about accumulation. But the Retirement Income Covenant has changed the game, and super funds are now having to give their members retirement solutions. Some are doing it better than others.

    Penny Pryor | 12th Jun 2024 | More
  • Growth assets may be best option for pre-retirees will low super balances

    Determining how to maximise your retirement income from the age pension and superannuation can be complex, with many needing financial advice to avoid the pitfalls, says Innova Asset Management managing director Dan Miles.

    Nicholas Way | 12th Jun 2024 | More
    It’s time to make retirement work for Australians, Labor says. Are we ready?

    The government’s move to shift Australia’s superannuation system to a focus on the retirement phase might be a big ask for a population long focussed on accumulation. But it’s a necessary one, as most retirees don’t fully grasp how to make their golden years work for them.

    Lisa Uhlman | 6th Dec 2023 | More
    Objective of super goes to Parliament with some industry backing, but concerns linger

    With language that largely matches the original proposal, the government’s objective of superannuation is now a step closer to being enshrined in legislation. While industry support remains broadly strong, some take issue with the bill’s wording, some with whether it’s needed at all.

    Lisa Uhlman | 22nd Nov 2023 | More
    Bad fund performance, client service prove need for super objective: Jones

    “Unresponsive. Slow. And not member-focussed.” The Assistant Treasurer took superannuation funds to task for failing members on several levels at a “critical juncture” for the system, repeating the government’s call for a legislated objective of super.

    Lisa Uhlman | 1st Nov 2023 | More
    ASFA backs super tax but says changes, transparency needed to ensure fairness

    Saying the plan to double the tax rate on super balance amounts exceeding $3 million will improve the sustainability of Australia’s retirement system, the peak industry body nonetheless called for careful retooling of aspects that it says could lead to inequity.

    Lisa Uhlman | 25th Oct 2023 | More
  • Super returns suffer in September as higher-for-longer sinks in

    Superannuation funds and pensions posted declining returns in September, weighed down by falls in sharemarkets and an uncertain rates outlook, according to a new report. But they continued to outperform equities, showing diversification pays off.

    Staff Writer | 18th Oct 2023 | More
    Australians still face outsized super fees, but shake-up looms

    Superannuation fees can add up to a huge long-term expenditure, costing Australians with modest super balances thousands of dollars a year. But costs may start to fall, with some funds and new players working to disrupt the structure.

    Nicki Bourlioufas | 11th Oct 2023 | More
    Government opens consultation on codifying objective of super

    The bill would require any future legislation affecting superannuation to comport with the objective of preserving savings “to deliver income for a dignified retirement, alongside government support, in an equitable and sustainable way”.

    Lisa Uhlman | 6th Sep 2023 | More
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